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Design Manager at WSP

Design Manager

WSP Birmingham, West Midlands Full Time
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About the Role:

The current & future project opportunities WSP have resulted in the need to recruit high calibre professionals with the capability to manage and deliver the design of multi-disciplinary rail projects.

We are offering an opportunity in our growing team for an individual to continue to develop themselves and the WSP team in the midlands area. Our strategy is simple, good people, rewarding work terms and a team approach.

The Stations team which is part of the overall Rail business unit is seeking Design Managers to work on a number of multidisciplinary rail stations projects ideally in Birmingham. The team continues to grow rapidly and offers excellent opportunities for the right candidate to work within the Rail sector and others within the group, and build upon recent project successes.

We are seeking an experienced person with a strong architectural or engineering background in rail, preferably within a stations environment.

A typical week would include:

  • Responsibility for leading design projects, both technically and contributing to the commercial aspects as required.
  • Responsibility for contributing to the bid process within WSP for station projects for various Clients.
  • The successful candidate will have excellent leadership and communication skills and be proficient at developing client relationships. You will be strong technically and will have experience of leading multi discipline design teams including progressing our early career professionals, graduates and apprentice engineers/technicians.

    We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Chartered Architect/Engineer or working towards chartership
  • Good report production and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills
  • Relevant design management experience, preferably in a stations environment.
  • Leading and co-ordinating a multi discipline design team and preferably delivering rail station projects
  • Understanding of Network Rail’s GRIP process and Engineering Assurance procedures.
  • Understanding of RIBA stages
  • Technical knowledge to be able to challenge project teams on outputs/deliverables and where necessary, clients to ensure focus is maintained on defined scope or where scope needs to be modified, renegotiate and agree.
  • Ability to plan project timescales, resources and commercially, being able to report progress against programme and against budget. Good understanding of fee costs to deliver projects at the various stages is desirable.
  • Experience of Network Rail standards. Awareness of HS2 or Crossrail standards desirable.
  • What if we can?

    What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

    WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

    As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

    Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. VIBE (our LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) and our Gender Balance Group work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

    Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender confirmation, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

    In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

    About us:

    WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms providing technical consultancy to the built and natural environment. We believe that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. For us, that means creating innovative solutions to the challenges the future will bring to the communities and environments where we live and work across the UK.

    We are locally dedicated and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, programme and construction management professionals. Our experts design lasting solutions in the property & buildings, transportation & infrastructure, environment, industry, resources (including mining, and oil & gas) and power & energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. And safety and sustainability are embedded in everything that we do.


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